Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Happy Birthday: Spencer Tracy!
Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967), performed in 75 films from 1930 to 1967. Director John Ford, saw Tracy in, The Last Mile and signed him for the film, Up the River (1930) with Humphrey Bogart. Shortly after that Tracy and his family moved to Hollywood, and he made 25 films in the next five years.
In 1935, Tracy signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor two years in a row, for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).
He was also nominated for San Francisco (1936), Father of the Bride (1950), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), The Old Man and the Sea (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and posthumously for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Tracy and Laurence Olivier share the record for the most nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor.